Past Events

Below is a list of our past events.

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12-Jan-2011 The Siemens Story Dr. Hentie Dirker, Regional Compliance Officer, Siemens Canada Limited

The Siemens Story

From 2006 to 2008 Siemens found themselves in the middle of one of the biggest corporate corruption scandals to date. In his presentation, Hentie Dirker will offer a glimpse of the huge compliance challenges Siemens faced and how they were tackled. He will describe how Siemens focused on changing its corporate culture to tackle corruption problems and introduce practical measures aimed at increasing individual accountability. These efforts translated into cutting edge training programs, new policies and controls and global online tools which taken together resulted in a best in class compliance program.
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02-Dec-2010 Say on Pay and Executive Compensation Matt Fullbrook, Manager, Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics and Board Effectiveness in the absence of Stephen Griggs, Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance
18-Nov-2010 Ethics and Enterprise Risk Management, Part II Hilary Randall-Grace, Chief Ethics Officer & Director Risk Management, Deloitte & Touche LLP

We continue to read about the importance of corporate culture as it relates to risk management. Hilary Randall-Grace will continue her earlier presentation on the significant role of ethics in an organization's risk management practices, turning her focus to the people side of risk management and the creation of an ethical culture.
04-Nov-2010 Workaholism and the Loss of Integrity Dr. Barbara Killinger, Clinical Psychologist and Author

In today's world of anxious uncertainty, personal and professional integrity are being challenged as ambitious people seek to gain a competitive advantage through dubious dealings that by-pass the regulatory standards, rules, and ethics that keep society as a whole safe.

Dr. Killinger's psychological approach is essential in understanding this alarming trend because integrity is an internal state of being, in contrast to the externally-imposed values of morality and ethics. Discover why and how the inner dynamics of workaholism, and the predictable breakdown syndrome that this addiction to power and control typically follows, lead to the profound personality and character changes that encourage the tragic loss of this most precious attribute.

Dr. Killinger is a pioneer in the field of workaholism. Her best selling book Workaholics: The Respectable Addicts has been published in nineteen countries, in nine languages. To view other publications by Dr. Killinger, visit
28-Sep-2010 Ethics in the Financial Sector: At Home and Abroad Jim McArdle, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Secretariat and Legal Services, Export Development Canada

With the recent economic crisis, the ethics of the financial sector have been called into question. In Canada, this has an additional layer of complexity when we examine how the financial sector supports Canadian companies operating abroad and how those companies conduct themselves. At present, there is a generalized call for a higher ethical standard of conduct in business. But what does that look like at home, abroad and for the financial sector?
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16-Sep-2010 Becoming an Ethical Leader Marie Legault, Ph.D., President, Legault & Associates Leadership Development Inc.

Becoming an Ethical Leader

The need for ethical leaders has never been greater, yet how leaders develop the capacity and capability to act ethically is not well understood. Join us for this informative session which will present research findings on the development of ethical leaders as well as provide recommendations on how to foster the ethical leadership development process and design practical interventions to accelerate such transformations.

Ms. Legault holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems, a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training, a Bachelor of Commerce, an Executive Coaching Graduate Certificate, and a Professional Training & Development Certificate. Her current academic and professional interests include the development of ethical leaders and ethical organizational cultures.

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27-May-2010 Ethical Behaviour in an Ambiguous Era Dr. William (Bill) Dimma, CM, O.Ont, BASc, PEng, MBA, LLD, DBA, FICD

Chair Emeritus of Home Capital Group Inc., Past President of Toronto Star Newspapers, CEO of Royal LePage, Executive Vice-President of Union Carbide, Dean of the Faculty of Administrative Studies at York University, and author of Excellence in the Boardroom: Best Practices in Corporate Directorship.

Some, perhaps many, believe that the version of capitalism widely in vogue, especially in the U.S.A., is a rogue variant. Is it sustainable over the longer-run? What does it imply for ethical behaviour and for corporate social responsibility?
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29-Apr-2010 Ethics Hotlines: Reinforcing Tone-at-the-Top and Strengthening Internal Controls Phil Enright, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, ClearView Strategic Partners Inc.

In difficult and uncertain economic times, Tone-at-the-Top takes on a whole new level of importance within organizations. Establishing cultures that are ethical and transparent are the responsibility of the senior leaders in organizations. The commitment to the Code of Conduct and having it adopted as the accepted level of behaviour is achieved through consistent messaging (words and actions) from senior leaders, and made 'real' by having an effective ethics reporting system in place.
13-Apr-2010 Ethics and Values in Business Robert Dutton, President and CEO, RONA

Are ethics good for the bottom line? The answer to that question is a resounding "yes", says RONA CEO Robert Dutton - particularly in the wake of the recent financial crisis, which shattered confidence in global financial markets and spawned widespread scepticism about what many viewed as questionable business practices and ethics.

When you get right down to it, Mr. Dutton says, the success and sustainability of not just individual companies but our entire economic system - and, by extension, society - relies on little more than confidence: confidence that we will conduct our affairs in an ethical manner that takes into account not only our fiduciary duty to shareholders and the corporation but also our obligations to other stakeholders - customers, suppliers, employees and communities. In that regard, a company's reputation and values - in other words, its "ethics capital" - is arguably as important to its long-term success as financial capital and human capital.
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09-Mar-2010 Implications of ISO 26000: What Canadian Organizations Should Know About the Coming International Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility David Simpson, Director, Interpraxis Consulting, Member of International Working Group developing the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard and Dr. Kernaghan Webb, Special Advisor to the UN Global Compact on ISO 26000, Member of ISO 26000 Working Group and Professor of Law and Business, Ryerson University.

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